BJU Public Relations

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Philip Gibble Serves as Student Teacher at League Academy

Philip Gibble

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 14, 2017) – Philip Gibble, a senior middle school education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at League Academy in Greenville.

Gibble, a resident of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, teaches seventh grade social studies to 135 students. He is gaining experience in creating lesson plans and managing a classroom.

“The experience I have gained in clinical practice is vital to my success as I pursue a career in education,” says Gibble.

Rebecca Peacock Interns for BJU Bruins Sports Information Office

Caitlin Peacock

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 14, 2017) – Rebecca Peacock, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for the BJU Bruins sports information office.

Peacock, a resident of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, assists the sports information director at Bruins basketball games. Her responsibilities include helping with social media, pictures, promotional videos, and post-game interviews.

“I have really enjoyed this opportunity to serve as a video intern and to work on several video projects to promote the Bruins,” says Peacock. “Having an internship in college prepares you for your future career and gives you great experience through what you learn along the way.”

Abigail Lewis Serves as Student Teacher at Woodland Elementary

Abigail Lewis

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 13, 2017) – Abigail Lewis, a senior early childhood education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Woodland Elementary School in Greenville.

Lewis, a resident of Diamond, Missouri, teaches 26 kindergartners in every school subject including calendar math, writing, early reading intervention, guided reading, social studies, science, shared reaching and math. Some of her responsibilities including creating and administering lesson plans and managing the classroom.

“I am very grateful for this experience,” says Lewis. “Through the observations of my clinical practice supervisor and my mentor teacher, I am responsible to prove that I am capable of meeting all ADEPT performance standards as detailed by the state of South Carolina in order to receive licensure.”

Jason Stebbins Interns for the Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation

Jason Stebbins

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 13, 2017) – Jason Stebbins, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for the Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stebbins, a resident of Davison, Michigan, works in the communication department. His responsibilities include promotional item preparation, updating social media and client information logs, editing magazine articles and patient guidebooks, creating and distributing a monthly newsletter to the public, and attending public events.

“Working an internship in a real business setting allows me to experience classroom material in action,” says Stebbins. “This opportunity has also provided relevant and important additions to my resume which will be key to landing my first job after graduation.”

Lawson Places Second in American Prize Competition

Darren Lawson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 12, 2017) – Dr. Darren Lawson was named as the national second place winner for The American Prize in Directing for 2016-2017. In consideration for the award, Lawson submitted Bob Jones University’s production of Verdi’s Aida, which he directed in 2014.

A resident of Greenville, Lawson serves as dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. He holds a BA in rhetoric and public address and an MA in platform arts from BJU as well as a PhD in communication studies from the University of Kansas.

Lawson is a member of the University Classic Players and has portrayed such roles as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Henry in King Henry IV, Duke of Buckingham in Richard III: The Terrible Reign, Bottom the Weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macduff in Macbeth, Jaques in As You Like It, Feste in Twelfth Night, and many others.  He also serves as one of the stage directors for the BJU Opera Association with productions including Aida, Samson et Dalila, Andrea Chenier, Mefistofele, L’Elisir d’Amore, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and Simeon. 

BJU’s production of Aida, conducted by Maestro Steven White, included a cast of more than 200 in addition to more than 150 musicians and stage crew. Guest artists Kevin Thompson (Ramphis), Clay Hilley (Radames), Mary Phillips (Amneris), Indra Thomas (Aida) and Grant Youngblood (Amonasro) joined the BJU cast. Aida also received a finalist citation from The American Prize competition in Opera Performance, 2016-17, for “Exceptional Production Values.”

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

Olivia Matthews Interns for BJU Marketing Communications

Olivia Matthews

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 11, 2017) – Olivia Matthews, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for BJU Marketing Communications.

Matthews, a resident of Sydney, Australia, works in the design department. She assists designing signage, booklets, and other projects.

“I have loved working with Marketing Communications because I am able to implement the skills I have learned over the past four years,” says Matthews. “While most of the work done in college is theoretical, I am now able to see the niche I fit into best in the design world.”

Burton Uwarow Named Head Coach for Bruins Basketball

Burton Uwarow

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 11, 2017) — Bob Jones University Bruins Athletic Director Dr. Neal Ring announced today the hiring of Burton Uwarow as head coach for the men’s basketball program.

“Burton brings a wealth of coaching talent along with a genuine desire to live for Christ each day and lead his players to do the same,” Ring said. “The common themes as I spoke with those who know him well were that he was a man of deep spirituality and integrity and the best coach they had seen. He and Laura have a traceable history of impacting lives and using the platform of sport for ministry. It is great to bring back one of our own who has been faithfully honing his craft and allowing God to prepare him to lead our men’s basketball program into the future.”

Uwarow currently serves as middle school principal, teacher, and head basketball coach at Creekside Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia. In his seven seasons, he has turned the program into a state contender as the Cougars have won three of the last four Division I-AA State Championships. Previously, he served in head coaching positions for public and private schools in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. He has seen great success on the court and in his teaching career over the past 18 years.

“Coach Uwarow is an excellent choice,” friend and fellow coach Joe Wootten said. Wootten is the son of legendary coach Morgan Wootten and a member of the McDonald’s All-American Game selection committee. “What separates him is his ability to communicate and connect with his players and his teams. He will develop them as people as well as players and they will appreciate his care and concern for them.”

Several players under Coach Uwarow have gone on to play at NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA basketball programs while some have even reached professional levels playing overseas. Coach Uwarow has attended various elite coaching clinics around the country and is well-connected with some of the best minds in the game.

He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1998 with a degree in Health and Fitness and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy.

“I would first like to thank Neal Ring, Andrew Wingreen, and Tony Miller for the fantastic job they’ve done with the basketball program,” Uwarow said. “I consider those coaches as friends and feel honored to follow in their footsteps.”

The BJU Bruins men’s basketball team finished the 2016-17 season with a 16-19 record, but the team finished the year strong as they captured their first National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) DII South Region Championship before finishing fifth at the national tournament. The Bruins are members of the NCCAA and compete in division II.

“I am really excited to be coming home,” Uwarow said. “I would not be who I am or where I am today without the discipline and guidance I received as a student at BJU. Most coaches’ dream job is at a place like Duke or North Carolina. For me, this is my dream job. God has directed my steps here and I look forward to what God is going to do through this basketball program in the coming years.”

Anthony Melsom Interns for the Wilds Christian Camp

Anthony Melsom

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 10, 2017) – Anthony Melsom, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for the Wilds Christian Camp located in Brevard, North Carolina.

Melsom, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, works in the accounting and finance department. His responsibilities include recording donation reports, reconciling bank statements, maintaining and updating the next fiscal year’s revenue and cost plan, analyzing fuel and electricity costs, and compiling department operating expense reports.

“While I initially focused on the value of the internship to my career growth, I have since seen that the true value of an internship was not the work itself, but rather in the people and experiences that accompany it,” says Melsom.

Sarah Kuzmic Interns for VantagePoint Marketing

Sarah Kuzmic

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 7, 2017) – Sarah Kuzmic, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for VantagePoint Marketing, a marketing and advertising agency with a primary focus on the food service industry located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kuzmic, a resident of Greenville, is gaining experience in many aspects of design. Her responsibilities include designing graphics, fact sheets, and presentation templates.

“Working alongside experienced designers on projects for real clients in the corporate world is invaluable,” says Kuzmic. “Interning at VantagePoint is shaping me both as a designer and as a person through the coaching and guidance I receive.”

Dr. Ken Bixby Named as CEO of BJU Education Group, Inc.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 6, 2017) – BJU Education Group, Inc. (BJUEG) Board Chairman Steve Pettit today announced the selection of Dr. Ken Bixby, president of Bixby Consulting of Simpsonville, South Carolina, to serve as CEO of BJUEG effective immediately.

“I am pleased to have someone with Ken’s depth of experience step forward to lead BJUEG,” said Pettit. “The board received a number of highly qualified recommendations to fill the new role—and we were pleased to select Ken and have him accept this position. We look forward to his leadership in helping BJU Press and Bob Jones Academy continue to grow.”

Bixby earned a BS in Industrial Engineering (1982) from Purdue University and an MS in Management (1997) from the Krannert School of Management also at Purdue University. In addition, he earned a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in 2016 from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.

Prior to serving as a business consultant, Bixby served in a number of management, senior management and executive roles for 33 years with Caterpillar in the United States, China, Indonesia and England. He also served with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri.

Throughout his career, Bixby received several awards including the Caterpillar Chairman’s Top Five Award—Implementing Quality Certification, the British Sword of Honor Safety Award and a Gold Star Safety award from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission in 2005. He is a Certified Gold Coach, coaching and supporting empowered manufacturing teams and served on a number of employment-related safety and standard committees throughout his industrial career. He has also served as a director of the Western Piedmont Community College Foundation in Morganton, North Carolina, and on the Industrial Advisory Board for the CIMT program at Purdue University. Bixby is an active member of Palmetto Baptist Church in Easley, South Carolina.

BJUEG is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of South Carolina. It is governed by an eight member board and is responsible for the operations of Bob Jones Academy middle and high schools as well as BJU Press.